5.26.2016

The Unique Little Black Dress


Most days you will find me in a tshirt, jeans, ankle boots, and probably a favorite jacket. It's my staple look that can't really go wrong. But when Sundays roll around, I enjoy spending a little more time to get dressed up and look lady-like. My go-to silhouette is a classic one. I love a great collared shirt paired with a form fitting dress. Add in my favorite pair of pumps and I am good to go! Sundays are also the only day on which I would be caught wearing lipstick. It is nice to have one day a week that is not only a break from the rest of the world, but a chance for me to look my best and feel it, too.

I picked this dress up at Loft the other day and have fallen in love with it! The scalloped edges and laser cut details are the perfect way to take this little black dress and make it interesting. Pairing it with a white collared shirt keeps the look relaxed and fun and adds that mens-wear element that I love so much.

dress - loft (on sale!)
shirt - c/o lulu's
bracelets - c/o color by amber
shoes - nordstrom (similar)
rings - c/o mineral & matter, fifth & mae, and solo

Do you have a day of the week where you put forth an extra effort to look your best? On those days, what is your go-to outfit that makes you feel like a rockstar?

5.24.2016

5 Tips To Get Active

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I have always loved being active, but I sometimes struggle with consistency (ok, fine. a lot of the time). But there are certain things that help me feel more motivated than others. Today I’ve partnered with Dove to tell you all about their Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant and how it makes my list of top 5 favorite tips to help keep my motivation moving.

Tip 1: Invest in new workout gear and tools
Wearing a new item of workout clothing or using new workout gear always helps me feel motivated and keeps things interesting. It's also fun and worthwhile to invest in activities that do your body good.

Tip 2: Find a place where you feel at peace
I like to workout at home because I do not like going to a gym. I feel at peace and happy when I'm home and know that it makes a difference in my workouts. If that place, for you, is the gym, then be sure to head there as often as possible. Wherever it is, find a spot that makes you feel at peace and instills in you a desire to be the best "you" you can be.

Step 3: Take the steps to make yourself feel beautiful WHILE you work out
Now, I'm not saying to wear a full face of makeup or anything, because I think that is unnecessary. But rather, Take the time and money to invest in products that make you feel beautiful in your own skin. Find a skincare line that helps you feel confident in who you are, underneath the makeup. Come up with some fun hairstyles that give you a pep in your step. Go the extra mile to take care of yourself.

Tip 4: Find the workouts that work for you, not against you
There's nothing worse, when it comes to physical fitness, than feeling forced into a box of something you dread doing. Luckily, there really is a workout for everyone. Whether it's a walk around the block, weight lifting, or the latest dance craze. There is sure to be something out there that will drive you to get off the couch and get your blood pumping, you just have to figure out what it is.

Tip 5: Invest in fun new beauty products to enhance your workout
Deodorant is one product that most women depend on to help them feeling most confident, all day long. Not only does Dove Advanced Care offer 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, but it also has the added benefit of its NutriumMoisture formula that leaves your underarms feeling soft and smooth. This makes it an essential upgrade to your daily beauty routine just in time for the warmer weather.

Did you know that Deodorant is so important, that when women have forgotten to put it on, 49% went back home, 67% distance themselves from others, and 87% feel self-conscious? Also, women want more from their deodorant. 88% of women would prefer a deodorant that provides skincare benefits in addition to odor and wetness protection. Dove Advanced Care does all of that!

I hope that these tips have helped, in some small way, to motivate you to move. Just be sure to find what it is that to motivates you, then invest in it and yourself. Soon, you'll find within you a bigger desire to get moving.

5.19.2016

Fresh For Summer


With the excitement of Summer right around the corner, I can't help but start to plan as many adventures as possible. From hiking to camping to kayaking - Summer is my favorite season for a reason. However, all of this Summer fun can take a toll on my clothing, so I like to use Persil® ProCleanTM to keep my favorite pieces bright and fresh! I've got some big plans in the works that require a select few pieces of clothing, and I know that I can count on Persil® ProCleanTM to get me and these clothing items through.

Persil® ProCleanTM always provides my clothing with the deepest clean, keeping my favorite pieces going, adventure after adventure. Now it's time to get out there and not worry about the messes, because Persil® ProCleanTM  has got me covered!

Be sure to snag yourself a bottle of Persil® ProCleanTM at select Target stores around the US or online.

5.17.2016

Summer Style // Daniel Wellington Watch Discount


I am so excited that Summer is finally around the corner! Over the years it has become my favorite season, even beating out the ever-popular Fall. I just love the opportunities that come with Summer and the chance it gives all of us to get out and enjoy each others company in nature. I am looking forward to campfires, hiking, barbecues, road trips, and all of the other Summer activities.

This look is perfect for these Utah Summer days. It's light and cool while still staying stylish and fun. This Daniel Wellington watch is going to be a staple through these Summer days. So much so, that I will probably have a good watch tan line by the end of the season. I love the way it matches my sandals and is not only a great statement piece, but it's also practical.

shirt - zara
shorts - old navy
sandals - salt waters
watch - c/o daniel wellington
bracelets - c/o color by amber
gold ring - mineral & matter

Be sure to use the code "GENTRI" to receive 15% off your Daniel Wellington order until June 15th, 2016. You will love having it as your Summer staple piece!

5.16.2016

10 Tips For Road Trips // From a Road Trip Playlist to Car Care

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A good road trip is one of my favorite pastimes; I would rather drive than fly, any day. I love that driving allows me to take in the scenery and stop whenever I need to. Plus, I can blast my tunes and nobody would be around to care. I've had my fair share of road trip experiences over the years and have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. Check them out, below, then be sure to share any of your road trip hacks in the comments.

Tip 1: Embrace Your Living Space
Your car will be home for the next few hours, days, or however long you are on the road, so go the extra mile to make it comfortable. Gather pillows, extra blankets, a trash bag, and a cooler so you don't have to stop for every meal.

Tip 2: Keep Your Dress Minimal and Stylish
When I travel, I like to pack a lot of plain tshirts, skinny jeans, boots, and a layer I can keep tied around my waist - just in case. This way, I am comfortable but look presentable if we decide to stop anywhere besides a gas station. I also like to do my hair the day I leave so it's fresh and can last the entire trip if I'm careful.

Tip 3: Stop and See The Sites
You're on a roadtrip, this is your chance to take your time and enjoy the journey, not just the destination. When I moved across the country last year, I mapped out a plan for my dad and I, including all of the sites I wanted to see. Some were remote and out of the way, others were iconic must-sees. It made our trip so memorable and kept us excited for each new stop. Plus, this gives you a chance to stretch your legs, which helps fight the road trip bloat.

Tip 4: Take The Scenic Route
On that note, why not venture off the beaten path and find your own route? Some of my favorite sites were found along unpopular roads. Sure, it added a bit of extra time to our trip, but that was part of the fun! (view all of my recently blogged road trips and adventures HERE)

Tip 5: Bring Food and Water
Take it from someone who has road tripped the entire length of the North American Continent (long-ways), you're going to wish you had something other than chips and candy to snack on. Fruit and veggies, when packed carefully, can travel really well and make for the perfect road trip snacks that don't leave you feeling bloated. Water is also a necessity when traveling. To help cut down the use of plastic water bottles, bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill at restaurants or gas stations.

Tip 6: Pack Light
While having your own car might make you feel like you can take everything plus the kitchen sink, there's no need. Too much cargo leaves little breathing room in your vehicle and can feel cramped. Pack light, and that way you can stretch out and enjoy your trip in style.

Tip 7: Invest In Comfortable Shades
I am someone who cannot drive during the day without sunglasses, but I also can't wear sunglasses with thick frames or shades that are too dark. (Call me extra sensitive... Or picky. Whatever.) I love sunglasses that have a thin metal frame and just enough shade to protect my vision. This way I can wear them all day without having aching ears or feeling like I'm driving at night.

Tip 8: Create a Road Trip Playlist
The music is one of the best parts about road tripping! It's important to have a playlist prepared ahead of time to really set the mood and ambience of your travels. Be sure to include songs that get you excited but also songs that kindle within you a desire to explore and a will to wonder.

I've gathered some of my favorite road trip songs for you HERE!

Tip 9: Stock Up On Activities
Sometimes you travel down a boring road with nothing to see. It happens (ahem. kansas. ahem). During those times it's great to have something to keep you occupied. Whether that is an audio book, a coloring book, or a classic game of iSpy. Plan ahead for those times of "nothing".

Bonus: My sister is also a master road tripper and she always keeps a secret stash of new toys, books, movies, and treats that she hands out to her kids before they start an extra long leg. She shops these things in dollar bins and keeps them simple, but it also keeps everyone happy.

Tip 10: Pre-Trip Check Up
It's important to give your car a proper checkup before hitting the road. Make sure the tires have been recently rotated, check all fluids, and replace your oil. I love to use Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage for my vehicle. This oil is made specifically for vehicles with a lot of miles under their belts and helps to keep the engine clean and the motors running strong for miles to come. Goodness knows my car has seen a lot of asphalt and needs all of the TLC it can get. And the best part is that you can order Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage from Walmart.com, then either pick it up from the store or have it delivered to your home. This saved me a ton of time because I was able to avoid the crowds and pay ahead of time (they even do curbside pickup)!

Now you are all set to pack up and hit the road like a pro. Don't forget to give your car a little extra love before you head out, with Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage! It will thank you by providing you with the road trip of a lifetime! (Bonus - many of the Pennzoil products are on roll back for a limited time at Walmart.com! Shop them HERE)

Do you have any road trip tips?
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